My name is Angie Smith. As much as I can't believe it, this is my 30th year teaching! I have taught lst - 4th grade, including multi-age classrooms. I received my BS Degree in Early Childhood Education from West Georgia College. I received my Master's Degree In Early Childhood Education from Brenau University.
I am excited to be starting my second year back in First Grade. I started my teaching career in first grade, going from there all the way to fourth grade. I taught multi-age for several years, carrying a special group of 6 year olds with me. I know this is going to be a wonderful new year for me and another special group of students!
I have two nieces, Sam and Sydney. Sydney graduated from High School two years ago and Sam will be starting her senior year at Milton High School. When I am not teaching I enjoy spending time with them, especially if we spend that time at the beach. St. Simons Island is my favorite place in the world! I guess I love any beach, anywhere, but that is my favorite! I also love to read. I have never understood anyone saying they were bored. As long as I have a book I am happy. It is a way to travel anywhere in the world from your own little corner. My favorite book growing up was "The Secret Garden". This book hooked me - and I have been hooked ever since.
I have two ragdoll cats named Henley and Bella. They are absolutely beautiful. I love animals of all kinds, but I REALLY love cats. These babies have really worked their way into my heart and home. Henley and Bella are very playful and funny. They have very different personalities. They are part of my family!
The end of each year is bittersweet. It's sad when one group of students leave. We become a family, caring for and learning from each other. The exciting part is knowing a new group will enter in August. I am really looking forward to getting to know each and every one of my new family!
I have always felt that the one thing that empowers us is knowledge. No one can take that away from us. I believe that education is the most valuable thing we can offer a child. In 29 years of teaching I have come to know that every child is capable of learning. As a teacher, it is my job to try to find what motivates each child in my classroom. They need to feel comfortable, excited, and safe! Children should feel like school is their second home. At the beginning of every school year there is a feeling of excitement that I shouldn't allow to go away. All the smiling, hopeful faces are part of my new family. This is my job. It is my calling! I try my best to keep the motivation going, as well as their yearning for knowledge.
"The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go. "